boddhitree (58) - Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
It’s my 2nd beer from Rothenbach Brauerei, a Aufsesser Heller Bock (Lighter Bock). It’s 6.5% and hard to find in an internet search. I often find the regular, darker Bock, but not this one. I’ll translate a sentence from the back label:
"A strong beer from the good old time, spicy/full-flavored and stout/bold in taste. A long maturation in a cold and dark Lagerkeller guarantees the balanced and excellent taste, guaranteed by the Braumeister of Ausesser Brauerei."
Aroma is weak, maybe a little München malts, but not much else. Color is deep golden with a bright white crown of foam sitting on top even a few minutes after the pour. So far, it could pass for a Pils, though a rich, dark golden one. The taste is... wow... very malty, - sweet and decent amount of smoke for a backbone. It’s thick, feels like dreaming of a warm blanket wrapping around your tongue. It also has a decent amount of Noble bittering hops to go with the smoke. Overall, it’s a wonderful balance of sweet maltiness of a Märzen with a bitter and smokey front and after taste, though neither of these flavors overwhelms. The aftertaste, though, is a really rich, sweet Münchener malt, really prominent. I have to say, I’m usually not fond of smoke nor German bitter noble hops, but this a great beer! pivnizub (10959) - Bochum, GERMANY - JAN 10, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 Bügelverschlußflasche (ivory label!): Golden, fluffy white head, deceptive honeyish and hoppy nose; moderate sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied, pretty soft; herbal hops and sweet pale malt in the finish. Extremely well drinkable Franconian Bock… MoritzF (10237) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2013
(swing top bottle) Clear, golden colour with a big and slightly off-white foamy head. Strawy malty aroma with traces of draff, honey and a touch of herbal hops. Sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Pale and cara-malt upfront with a present herbal hops profile drying the taste towards the moderately bitter hoppy finish. Not overly complex but more-ish pale Bock. 22.II.13 neur0 (1457) - Hannover, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2012
(Flasche) Es hat eine sonnengelbe Farbe, ist klar filtriert mit einer weißen Schaumkrone. Das Aroma ist süß, hopfig würzig mit einer Honignote. Der Geschmack ist sehr bitter und leicht süßlich. Zlotta (4239) - Hagen, GERMANY - JAN 7, 2018
0.5 l bottle from local 'REWE', best before July 2018. Clear, golden amber with a medium large, frothy, almost stable, white head. Sweetish, slightly fruity-grassy aroma of lemon peel, fresh grass and grains. Quite sweet, malty, moderately fruity-grassy and slightly floral taste of grains, light honey, fresh grass and some lemon peel, followed by a short, moderately bitter, slightly dry, rather grassy finish. Medium to full body, almost oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very nice Heller Bock with unexpected grassy noble hop aroma and therefore not as cloyingly sweet as many fellow Bocks.
jonas (8533) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - JAN 10, 2018
Bottle. Golden, offwhite head. Sugarsnap, cracker malt, light grassy. Medium body, mellow mouthfeel. Very light hay, crackers, broad grassy finish, a little bit DMS and catty. Very quaffable. jfb (7127) - GERMANY - DEC 31, 2012
(bottle) pours a clear deep golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of herbal hops, pineapple and powdered sugar, with a hint of straw and bubble gum. flavour is heavy herbal hops and bay leaves, slightly perfumed, with a light to medium sweetness, some physalis, roasted malts and a rather bitter finish. medium to heavy-bodied with average carbonation. Beerhunter111 (23762) - Beerland, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2015
50cl bottle from the brewery. Pours clear golden colour with a small white head. Aroma of straw, mild hops. Taste of dry hops, mild bitterness, straw, floral notes. Idiosynkrasie (8325) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2018
500ml bottle. Clear, yellow-ish golden colour with average to huge, frothy to creamy, rapidly diminishing, minimally lacing, white head. Grainy, strawy, minimally husky and starchy aroma, minimally grassy, leafy hoppy overtones. Taste is minimally sweet malty, slightly malty spicy, hoppy counterpart with a grassy touch, moderate bitterness; oily texture, soft and creamy palate. Well controlled sweetness, nice spiciness, loss-making nose. Dedollewaitor (16584) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 29, 2016
Bottle @ Hopfen & Malz, Berlin. Pours clear yellow with a small white head. Steaw, bread, whiff of alcohol and a whisper of marzipan. Dryish bitter finish with noteable alcohol.